iPhone and Android smartphone users can now search for applications more efficiently with a new Google Mobile search option specifically for apps.
The new version of the mobile search engine features the drop down options under the “more” tab to the right of the screen. Using them takes iPhone and Android owners directly to their respective marketplaces. The Android search option only shows up when a phone running Google’s operating system is used.
News of the function’s arrival comes as the Android Market this week surpassed 100,000 titles, following growth of 500 per cent in the range of apps the store offers over the last 12 months.
Developers have been rushing to the platform in the wake of the huge sales for the likes of the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S – the smartphones that have most effectively showcased what Google’s platform can do.
The Android Market’s coming of age was also marked recently when the full version of casual gaming sensation Angry Birds racked up three million downloads within a week of release.
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